Training opens doors for youth

Twenty-three students completed a national certificate in small venture creations, which is equivalent to a matric certificate, thanks to a year-long pilot programme of the Salesian Institute Youth Projects.

A training project by the Salesian Institute Youth Projects (SIYP), a non-profit organisation, is expanding thanks to support from the City of Cape Town.

The SIYP launched a youth employability programme in February last year for young people who are not in employment, education or training with the assistance of international funders.

Students for the pilot programme were recruited from Hanover Park. Twenty three completed a national certificate in small venture creations, which is equivalent to a matric certificate.

This year, the City partnered with SIYP to run a further training programme for young people. Forty youth from Bonteheuwel and Bishop Lavis were selected for the six-month programme, which is being run in Green Point.

According to a SIYP, there is a need for greater access to post-school education in South Africa due to the growing number of young people aged 18 to 25 who are unemployed and not undergoing education or training.

“We would like to continue offering this invaluable opportunity to more young people, but funding remains an ongoing challenge,” said Reverend Francois Dufour, the CEO of SIYP.

The training could open doors for the youth to find a job or start their own business, he said.

Contact SIYP at email: info@salesianyouth.org.za or 021 425 1450.